Team India’s top order batsman Cheteshwar Pujara’s flop run of form continues. In the first innings of the first Test being played in South Africa, he returned to the pavilion without opening his account.
Going into the match against South Africa, Twitter and Cricket experts were already criticizing and were unhappy with Pujara and Rahane’s selection.
The fans were given a shock as when the India’s playing XI was announced as they couldn’t see Shreyas Iyer’s name in the XI, who scored a brilliant hundred on his Test debut, whereas, Pujara and Rahane got the nod.
But, Pujara failed to live up to the opportunity given to him by the team management as he got out for Golden Duck.
Lungi Ngidi, the fast bowler of the host team, dismissed him on the first ball of his inning. Ngidi’s ball took the outer edge of the Pujara bat and went to Peterson, who made no mistake in catching it.
Pujara came to bat at the crease after Mayank Agarwal got out after scoring 60 runs. It was Lungi Ngidi who dismissed Mayank before dismissing Pujara.
Fans expressed their anger on social media after Pujara’s dismissal as they criticized him. Pujara has been struggling with poor form for the last couple of months. He scored his last century in 2019 against Australia.
Pujara has scored 686 runs in 14 matches in the year 2021. During this time he has 6 fifties, but his average is only 28.58. Earlier, Team India captain Virat Kohli decided to bat first after winning the toss.
India got off to a great Start
India got off to a great start as both KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal looked in good touch. The two shared a century stand for the first wicket. After lunch, Mayank Agarwal scored his 13th fifty.
After this, KL Rahul also scored his fifty. As of writing this, India have went inside the pavilion on Tea Break with 157 runs on the board for the loss of the 2 wickets. Rahul has scored 68 runs while captain Virat Kohli is alongside him for 19 runs.
Twitter reacts to Cheteshwar Pujara getting out on Golden Duck
Pic 1: Pujara Then.— Krishna (@Atheist_Krishna) December 26, 2021
Pic 2: Pujara Now. pic.twitter.com/ggms3uFmkC
Golden Ducks by Pujara— ComeOn Cricket 🏏🇮🇳 (@ComeOnCricket) December 26, 2021
vs SA – 2 times*
vs Other teams – 0 time#INDvsSA
Believe it or not— G. (@Goat__Goutam) December 26, 2021
Pujara is finished pic.twitter.com/B4UzjZ2RVK
Pujara got out for a zero (1 ball) at Centurion in 2018 too. That time he was run out in both the innings.— Venkata Krishna B (@venkatatweets) December 26, 2021
Rahane and Pujara seem to be at the last stage of a musical chairs final between themselves. Rahane can put Pujara under enormous pressure by scoring some runs here. #Purane— Saqib (@saqiba) December 26, 2021